Armadale Castle, Skye

Armadale Castle, Skye, Scotland

This morning, our tour group departed lodgings at Portree, Skye and drove down through Broadford with a short stop at Isleornsay and then on to Armadale Castle and Clan Donald Centre. Here we spent about one hour learning about the history of Skye and visiting the colourful gardens  and ruined castle, latter being former home of the Chief of Clan MacDonald.

Highland Garden at Armadale Castle

Highland Garden at Armadale Castle, Skye

Armadale Harbour, Skye

Armadale Harbour, Skye, Scotland

At about 11.00am we undertook the five minute drive round to Armadale Harbour to connect with the 11.30 ferry to Mallaig, which duly departed on time. During the 25 minute crossing we witnessed dolphins and jellyfish in the waters.

Sailing Boat, Knoydart

Sailing Boat, Knoydart, Scotland

Mallaig Harbour, Scotland

Mallaig Harbour, Scotland

On arrival at Mallaig we availed of some lunch before connecting with the 2.10 departure of the Jacobite Express aka ‘Harry Potter Train’. The journey took about 2 hours to reach Fort William, entailing some stunning Highland scenery which was augmented by bright sunny weather.¬† Here is a video clip ¬†of the train passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct aka ‘Harry Potter Bridge’.

Jacobite Express, Steam Train

Jacobite Express, Steam Train at Mallaig

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Highlands

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Highlands, Scotland

Upon arrival at Fort William we embarked on a short trip down Glen Nevis, the background to many film shoots and sets, via the base of Ben Nevis to the falls at end of the Glen. After  photographs we  returned to Fort William and our lodgings for the night which benefits from a high elevation and stunning views over Loch Linnhe and surrounding mountainous landscapes.

Tomorrow we travel to Oban and Inveraray.

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